NATURE CONSERVATION

We develop innovative IoT technology and system solutions to better manage the impact of human (industrial) activities on freshwater and marine mammals.

Data

Generating and integrating relevant information related to industrial activities and the condition of mammals.

Legislation

Meeting current and anticipating future permit requirements to manage the ecological impact of industrial activities.

Planning

Data analysis should inform the spatial planning of current or new industrial activities and infrastructure projects.

Ecological impact management

Many of our rivers and oceans are occupied by fishing activities, shipping lanes, and energy infrastructure such as offshore wind facilities or hydro-electric dams. These industrial activities can negatively impact the living conditions of fresh water and marine mammals such as dolphins by producing noise, by blocking or altering migration routes, or by (indirectly) impacting the food chain. These industry sectors will need to meet the permit requirements related to ecological impact management in order to sustainably operate existing facilities or build new projects.

Water authorities and the industry sectors have a need to better understand the potential impact of their activities on these creatures. We develop solutions where different data streams are integrated in a central platform. Location specific field data is combined with findings from research related to the physical and psychological health or causes of death of these species. Information on the actual presence and movements of these animals becomes more relevant as permit requires tighten up. That’s why we closely monitor the developments in aquatic tag devices and communication systems.

The data analysis will be able to inform e.g. the spatial planning of new (energy) infrastructure projects, the possible rerouting of shipping lanes, or the adaptation of different fishing practices.

Key challenges

Key industry sectors impacting the living conditions of fresh water and marine mammals are:

  • Energy infrastructure 
    The presence of hydro-electric dams or offshore wind parks can negatively impact or alter important migration routes.

  • Navigation
    Sounds produced by motorized vessels around shipping lanes can lead to disorientation or even deafness in fresh water and marine mammals.

  • Fishing activities
    Unsustainable fishing practices can lead to insufficient food and weakenen fresh water and marine mammals, as well as to net entanglements often resulting in death.

  • Water pollution
    The discharge of insufficiently treated municipal, industrial, or agricultural wastewater can pollute river systems and downstreams waterways like oceans.

  • Water extraction rates
    High levels of river water extraction for industry or agriculture can lead to low river water levels with isolated ponds that can significantly reduce the effective habitat area for fresh water mammals.

We organize design challenges and we develop ecological impact management programs. Contact us for more information!

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